Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
Burnett & Thomason is a boutique law-firm after my own style: the national reach and sophisticated experience of a large firm and the personal attention and value of a small boutique. Specializing in oil, gas and mineral law, they have 38 attorneys who represent clients in 8 different states.
This clean custom designed website features a new modern look, practice-representative photography and a custom energy news feed.
Local creative / artist Troy Horne wears a lot of hats: from non-profits, to creative writing, to marketing and music, Troy does it all. This website was built to focus specifically on Troy’s music career and his latest album: I AM – an eclectic mix of pop, rock and reggae.
A hand-built custom theme, an automated tour section w/ Google maps, and custom store and audio system customized from TopSpin were developed to spread Troy’s vision.
Conscious Alliance is a non-profit and long-term partner that focuses on spreading good vibes- through utilizing concert events and merchandise to fund and promote awareness of food banks and food drives for the underprivileged. This year we release version 3.0 of the Conscious Alliance site, with graphics generously provided by Anthem Branding.
This newly designed and upgraded website strives to draw a wider appeal for Conscious Alliance’s growing audience and community.
An updated custom e-commerce solution features a simple backend management toolset to organize and sort posters and their prices, a front-end poster gallery with an in-page ordering system, and options to make recurring donations through a secure payment gateway.
Country music all-star Neal McCoy and his brand new team at Slate Creek Records partnered with me and my associate Doug Koke at Site07.com to create a a stylish new website branded around the release of his new album: Pride – A Tribute to Charley Pride.
This fully custom site features: a state-of-the-art custom theme, feeds from multiple social mediums, an automated tour section and a customized theme for Neal’s merch powered by Big Cartel stores.
Recently, I downloaded and joined Spotify – a streaming music service previously only available in the U.K. A cross between iTunes and Pandora, Spotify: manages your music, allows you to share music either via Facebook or by contacting other users within the community, and gives you instant access to pretty much any streaming music you want.
A slick interface and scaled pricing plans, from free to premium, make Spotify an awesome choice for anyone looking to increase or digitize their music collection. While iTunes may still remain my player of choice for my own vast collection of tunes, Spotify will definitely be along for the ride to provide me with new choices and more variety.
Check ’em out and get in line for a free account (though it comes with banner ads and minor in-stream audio ads).
I want to give a big virtual high-five to Dave Rahn and my associates at CustomChannels for the great article written about them in today’s Denver Post. While the radio industry itself suffers, its outside ideas like custom playlists on CD quality formats and genres targeted to listeners specific tastes that really stand out.
CustomChannels has a great crew and I’m proud to have collaborated with them on so many unique opportunities!
Since an earlier post I wrote involving the legal crack-down on file sharing network, the Pirate Bay, I’ve been keeping an eye on pertinent music and file share issues to see if there’s been any backlashes. Through the power of RSS I’ve seen a couple notable articles indicating that some independent record labels have actually lowered their prices as a result.
One particular example I read about on Wednesday was from Fat-Wreckchords, an indie punk-rock label that distributes pretty much everything I listen to. Said label owner “Fat” Mike Burkett, “We just think that having a very low CD price is a fair way for scene supporting music fans to support their favorite independent bands and labels.”. Amen brotha. They’ve lowered their CD prices from the original low low $10 price to $8, determined that nothing on their catalog will cost over $10.
Having read statistics that most people who download music illegally also purchase the most music, I think this move makes sense, as I would imagine a lot of them are hoarders like myself. I think this is a pretty smart move by independents and hope to see more of it.
I was reading this press release regarding Rockband on Punknews.org earlier today and was pretty astounded. Since Atari, Sega and Nintendo I’ve always said video games are the next big entertainment industry and they continue to prove me right.
Now I haven’t played much of the music game genres and can’t completely place my finger on why they’re so popular other than the recent US trend in the last decade to convince every little boy and girl that they want to be a rockstar. I’m not sure how I feel about that aspect of it (whatever happened to sex, drugs and rock n roll?), but I have to say the Rockband games have an amazing track record for breaking barriers for console games:
- First music game to have downloadable content (this is huge! – used to be entirely PC only options)
- One of the first cross-console games to offer full compatibility and interoperability between competing peripherals (leading to this whole new era of controllers that look like their objects)
- One of the first games to be involved in releasing new albums from artists (Judas Priest and Motley Crue)
PC Games still have the towering income from online multiplayer games, but console is definately rising. You may also want to check out this article about the rise in video game revenue in the US, it was a $19 billion market in 2007 and continues to rise, so start buyin’ those games and boost the economy!
I recently picked up the new album from Propagandhi – Supporting Cast(e) and have to say its pretty mind-blowing. I’ve been of fan of the liberal Canadian hardcore punk group for awhile and I am constantly impressed with each new addition.
The newest album could best be described as a mix of the last 3 and continues on with the epic hard rock meets seriously sophisticated lyrics. Tackling political issues from general dissidence to animal rights and social inequalities, this album is a monumental political punk achievement.
Go buy it and memorize the lyrics- it could be a life altering experience!